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You play as Brad the barbarian, who is awoken to the sounds of his town under siege. Today is different though; Brad has grown tired of fighting all the time. The usual grind for XP has grown dull, and he has decided to pursue his dreams of making music instead of shedding blood.
Release Date: Apr 1, 2014
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About the Game

Thanks to Young Horses, Slick Ent Inc, and Team Meat for allowing us to do these amazing crossover exclusives for our Steam launch.

What is Bardbarian?
Bardbarian is a game! A game we've been lovingly working on for far too long and are ready to unleash on Steam with (hopefully) some love from the Greenlight Community.

What genre is the game?
It is a mixture of Tower Defense, RPG & RTS with some 'Shmup and Snake elements.

What's the Story?
You play as Brad the barbarian, who is awoken to the sounds of his town under siege. Today is different though; Brad has grown tired of fighting all the time. The usual grind for XP has grown dull, and he has decided to pursue his dreams of making music instead of shedding blood. Fashioning a lute out of an old axe, he steps out to save his town in the most bizarre of ways.

What's Gameplay like?
Move Brad around the battlefield and dodge incoming enemy attacks and projectiles. Brad is constantly playing his axe-lute and generating notes, standing still will cause him to "jam" and generate notes even faster. These notes act as your in-game resource; you can spend them to perform solos to summon units to follow and fight for you, as well as solos to boost their performance.

Navigate your party through the hordes of enemies, dodging and attacking, preventing them from destroying your town's prized decorative crystal. Survive waves to progress, collect loot, and unlock new units. Upon death you are able to visit the town shop in order to upgrade Brad, the town and your followers, in hopes to make it further next time.

  • Beautiful, hand-drawn artwork from start to finish
  • An awesome Rock/Metal original soundtrack by Maximum Satan
  • Bizarre genre-bending hybrid gameplay
  • 12 unique units to unlock
  • Customize your party loadout; Over 200 possible combinations
  • Collect loot from your fallen enemies and upgrade Brad, the town, and your units
  • A difficulty curve that will punish you for making mistakes, and you will
  • Over 8 enemy types to make you regret everything
  • 4 Epic boss battles to crush your spirits
  • Endless and Survival modes with leaderboards for when you're feeling competitive
  • Easter eggs and references galore, can you spot them all?
  • There's a dinosaur boss
  • There's also a Ratcoon, look at those sad little eyes

Steam/Greenlight Exclusive Features
  • Full controller support + KB+M
  • Revamped UI
  • Camera Control
  • Steam Cloud Saves
  • Rebalanced for Desktop
  • 3 Exclusive Indie Crossover Units
  • Steam Achievements/Leaderboards

Future Feature WishList
  • Steam Workshop Integration / Build & Customize your own campaigns & Units
  • More Levels
  • More Enemies
  • More Units
  • Sandbox mode
  • Looking into Local Co-Op

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64 bit editions) with Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows 8 Classic
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbook class devices
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Yeah this game is pretty rad. I picked it up in a bundle and really recommend it, even at full price RRP it's pretty worth it. As far as tower defence games go, its way up there on the list and deservedly so. Great music, funny gameplay and decent upgrade system with loads of unlocks. Well worth a blast if it's in your library. Controller recommended.
Posted: July 10
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
I have always enjoyed a good tower defense game but to be honest the genre has felt very stale as of late. Most tower defense games are mixtures of previous tower defense games we have all played before.
In this game however you are moving around the "towers" (that are actually people) in a group while dodging projectiles. It makes for good fun and most importantly it's priced right. I support devs that price their games accordingly. Bardbarian trys something new and for that I give this game a reccomendation.
Posted: April 5
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57 of 83 people (69%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
First off, very fun game. At first I thought this would be an easy game but obviously as levels progress hordes of mobes get tougher but as you kill you collect gold which you may use to upgrade your hero, your minions and few other things. You unlock new units the further you survive. This is a great Tower defense/RTS game, dont think i played another like it but soon as I saw trailer I bought it.This is a well done game thats pretty challenging. I'll be playing this for a while.
Posted: April 1
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Bardbarian is a tower defence game with a unique twist, the towers are attached to the main character and you steer them around the battlefield to take out the creeps.

There are elements from many games here, the lane approach of Plants vs. Zombies, the grind and slowly improve of many IAP games and even playing guitar riffs like in Brutal Legend to buff your group. The cartoon graphics are beautiful and the various towers look great.

You troops come in many familiar variants, from glass cannon ninjas to de-buffing Shaman to front line tanks and healers. There are even some familiar faces from the Indie world that make an appearance! There is a decent amount of strategy in the choice but you can only bring 3 types of towers at a time, I can't help but think if this limit was relaxed it would have provided a more interesting game. It is increased to 4 after you complete the game once but still...

You can be constantly on the move, attack from angles with high damage low health units to attacking front on with the tank taking the damage while shooing down lanes or even some variation thereof. I used a front line of ninjas with shamans and an engineer to provide support. Looking around there does seem to be a nice variation of viable builds, a definite plus!

The grind is the biggest issue here and shows the games IAP roots. Taking out IAP and just making the game paid for the PC market does not a great game make, it seems as though the grind is the primary game mechanism at times, not fun. There is only one map in the main game and even though every 5 levels out of the the total of 20 the time of day changes and you get a unique boss, there is no discernible difference apart from slightly different creeps. There are a couple of other modes, survival where creeps come from all angles and and escape mode where you navigate a maze of creeps and obstacles to see how far you go.

There are a few cosmetic bugs, but nothing major and I'm sure they will get patched at some point.

If steam reviews had a “meh” category this game would fall into it. It's too grindy for a paid game and doesn't really offer enough value for it's price. Pick it up in a bundle or on sale and wile away a few hours or don't!
Posted: April 11
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31 of 47 people (66%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Good game. Highly addictive. It's a bit like a cross bewtween binding of isaac and a tower defense game, but I highly recommend you give it a go.
Posted: April 2
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